SEX OVERDRIVE: INCREASING YOU LIBIDO
Life has a cruel sense of humor. The moment you step into adolescence, men develop a keen interest in sex. So much so that the slightest hint of sexual tension pushes your testosterone levels into overdrive and you’re on your marks and ready to go. A sari slipping off the hot substitute teacher’s shoulders or the image of your crush eating a banana is enough to set you off. You’re like a compressed spring, a heaving sexual predator ready to pop into action at a moment’s notice. Twenty years later and those are just distant memories. You are no longer the sex machine you used to be.
Thanks to the overtly sexualized persona the world has imparted on the male gender, men are expected to be “ready to go” at the drop of a hat when it comes to sex. But that is not always the case. A depleting sex drive is a very real problem for many men; research shows one in five men suffer from a low libido. Then why is the thought of a man uninterested in sex so absurd? Because it is not discussed openly since it tends to be linked with the lack of virility.
Most men fall on the average range when it comes to their sexual interest levels with some coming under the category of highly sexually stimulated-close to addiction like behavior. On the other side of the same spectrum are the ones who have very low sexual interest. These are men who suffer from hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD). There are several reasons that can lead to HSSD.
Psychological issues. Stress and anxiety from the strain of daily life, relationship or family problems, depression, and mental disorders are among the many factors that can affect sexual desire.
Medical problems. Diseases such as diabetes; conditions such as obesity, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol; and HIV drugs, some hair-loss remedies, and other medications can negatively affect sexual desire.
Hormonal causes. Low testosterone levels usually mean low sexual desire. Levels dip as men age; other causes include chronic disease, medications, and other drug use. Other hormones can play a role, too, such as low levels of thyroid hormone or, rarely, high levels of prolactin, a hormone produced in a gland at the base of the brain.
The best way to determine the cause of your loss in libido is to consult with a doctor. Once the root cause is determined the doctor can guide you with the steps to treat this condition.
Being uninterested in sex is one thing, but we’re willing to bet that any man wants to be interested in sex. There are a few things you can do to help boost your libido.
Good sex requires a good amount of energy, and most people don’t realize that the lack of sleep hampers that amount of energy and the amount of testosterone in your body. It is recommend that you get between 7-9 hours of sleep a night without any electronics around, as they emit blue light, which suppresses melatonin.
There are many studies that show only sleeping 4 hours versus 8 hours for one night can reduce your total testosterone levels as much as 60% the next morning.
What you eat is a detrimental to many aspects of your daily activities. And it is also important for a good sex life. Try to include proteins like eggs, fish, or poultry along with fats like coconut oil, olive oil and avocado, to name a few. These approved foods will help keep you energized throughout the day and ready for sex. Also, chocolate has long been joked to be as good as sex, but it can also make sex better. Even better, go for chocolate-covered strawberries. The dark chocolate is loaded with compounds to boost your sex drive, including ‘love chemical’ phenylethylamine, which triggers the release of dopamine in the brain and anandamide, the ‘pleasure chemical.’ The bioflavonoids in the chocolate also open up your blood vessels to improve blood flow while the natural sugar in the strawberries hits you with a burst of energy.
FOODS TO INCREASE LIBIDO
• Almonds (nuts in general)
• Mangoes, Peaches, and Strawberries
Stress can destroy a man’s libido. When we feel stressed, our sex hormones are affected and produce a dip in testosterone. When testosterone dips it not only decreases our sexual desire, but also the ability to get it up. In order to obtain and sustain an erection you need to be calm.
Working out is a great way to boost your sex drive because physical activity increases blood flow, which makes sex more pleasurable. Exercise also boosts endorphins, which gives you more energy and makes you feel good.
CUT DOWN ON THE PORN
Enjoy porn in moderation. Avoid watching porn if they have low libido or conditions like erectile dysfunction. It can really raise the threshold at which you get turned on, which can desensitize you to sex with a partner.